Yochabel's Wisdom: The Last Day
Written by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW
October 2, 2019
Published on www.consciouscat.com
I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share my precious Yochabel's story as a guest author for www.consciouscat.net, with Ingrid King. This is the seventh of a series of blogs over the past few months. In this series I discuss what it is like to live with a chronically ill cat, the stress, the joys, and the heartache of loss. I also talk about how Yochabel has helped me live with my own chronic illness and ways she helped me cope and gain resiliency. My philosophies about integrative healing apply to Yochabel's treatment as does the use of my healing wheel.
Excerpts taken from consciouscat.com. For link to full article see below
Loving and Letting Go
Read the full article to see how Yochabel and I spent our last day together and how I came to terms with euthanasia and saying goodbye. We all have miracles and our cats bring us these everyday, especially when they are transitioning over the Rainbow Bridge.
"Several months had passed since Yochabel was diagnosed with a bladder tumor. We had courageously and lovingly faced this tumor together, pleading with it to give us more time and limit its destruction. But Yochabel’s time with me in this physical existence was coming to an end."
"On this particular morning, as we welcomed each other, I stayed pressed against her forehead longer than usual."
“Please Yochabel, help me know when it is time for me to help you leave your body. I love you so much. I know I have to let you go. I don’t want to. I need a sign from you when you are ready.”
Making Friends with Death
"I hadn’t made friends with death. I know some people have..."
"...So I coped the “Casey way:” I made a plan. I collected names and numbers of local vets who perform in-home euthanasia."
"...Despite my need to have a plan, the last thing I wanted was to have a plan for WHEN Yochabel would die. Death shouldn’t fit into a calendar, the way we try to jam so many parts of our lives into one..."
"...What I didn’t realize was when the day arrived, it would be deeper, more meaningful, and spiritually richer than I could ever imagine. Death, a very natural part of life, would bring its own solution..."
The Perfect Plan: Natural Order
“...Tick Tock Tick Tock.” I laid down on my bed and closed my eyes, trying to get the truth out of my head. Panicked and flushed, I opened my eyes, knowing that this time tomorrow Yochabel would be in heaven, and our lives would no longer be the same..."
The Last Day
"...It was a beautiful last day. I was able to arrange euthanasia the moment we needed it. It was a natural process. Yochabel and I both felt it and knew it. The timing was ours, not someone else’s schedule. Everything was in its perfect natural order..."
"...She stared deeply and intently into my eyes for long minutes..."
“Mom, it’s ok. You gave me the best life. It is time and we both know it. We have SOOOOO much love.”
"...Yochabel passed away peacefully and surrounded by those who love her most. Her body was laid to rest with dignity in a beautiful box adorned with my husband’s art..."
Yochabel's Wisdom: Securing the Bond
Yochabel's Wisdom: The Food Connection
Yochabel's Wisdom: Coping with Cancer
Yochabel's Wisdom: Hospice at Home
Yochabel's Wisdom: Emotional Turmoil
Stay tuned for Part Eight:
Yochabel's Wisdom: Living With Loss
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